“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6)
It’s all about family.
We find ourselves in the middle of the generations of mankind. We are all children. Most of us are, or will be, fathers (or mothers Family Proclamation)
I am a child. During the holiday period, my fascination with genealogy continued. I spent time adding information in the form of pictures, documents, and stories to FamilySearch.
My heart is turned to my fathers. I love my ancestors. I know something about grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. Both Jan and I have pioneer ancestors in each ancestral line. Those ancestors accepted the gospel four generations ago. Our ancestors asked good questions. Joseph Smith asked some of the same questions (Joseph Smith History 1:10). “How do I know God?” “Who is right?” “How shall I know it?” They received answers. Those answers blessed their lives and the lives of their posterity.
I love my ancestors because they were motivated by obedience, sacrifice, and consecration. “Come, Come Ye Saints” (Hymns) applied to them in their immigrations. “And should we die before our journeys through” applied to many of them as well. Lives were lost at sea, in remote settlements and crossing the plains. Children, adults advanced in age, new fathers and especially new mothers, lost lives. Lives were lost by disease, accident and childbirth.
I love my parents. They continued the tradition of covenant making accepted by their fathers. They passed those traditions on to their children.
I am a father. The mother of my children is the core of our family. She has greatly blessed the lives of our immediate family. Our hearts turn to our children, their spouses and our grandchildren.
My heart is turned to my children. I love my family. They are blessed by continuing the tradition of covenant making accepted by their ancestors. I want to spend my life with my family through all eternity.
My family did not start four generations ago, nor does it end with grandchildren. My family expands in both directions. It expands as it takes in extended families. It expands and interconnects until it includes all who have lived, or will live, on this earth. My family includes all of the sons and daughters of God sent to this earth and redeemed by Jesus Christ.
My family is God’s family. My family is blessed by the atonement of the Son of God, our brother, Jesus Christ. My family loves God and his son, because of their plan of happiness, the new and everlasting covenant, the gospel restored through the prophet Joseph Smith.
Information given in temples helps God’s family learn about his plans for them. Covenants that bring happiness to families are made in temples. Among the covenants are marriages between men and women. Temple marriages bind families together for eternity through the sealing power of the priesthood.
It is all about families.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” (Isaiah 2:2)